Joint call 2020

Joint call for proposals on Equality and Wellbeing across Generations

Submission deadline: September 14th 2020

This call aims to support policy in reducing inequality in the face of demographic change. The call seeks proposals for research which will improve our understanding of how demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations and how policy can ensure that change reduces inequality instead of increasing it. Specifically, the Call deals with three aspects of inequality:

Income and wealth

Extending working life changes the distribution of income and wealth between generations. Income in later life is very unevenly distributed on the basis of previous employment, earnings, and the structure of different pension systems and different patterns of housing tenure. Changes in the costs of social care and the time people spend longer in retirement are affecting patterns of intergenerational inheritance.

Caring responsibilities

A high proportion of older people (particularly, but not exclusively women) undertake caring responsibilities for parents, children or partners. Caring can be emotionally rewarding, but can also seriously damage the mental and physical health of the carer, as well as diminish their employment opportunities.

Social and political participation

In many countries older people are more likely than young people to participate in formal political processes. However, their interests and concerns may still be underrepresented in political decision making. Older people are also more vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. Their sense of identity and security can also be challenged as neighbourhoods change, becoming younger, or possibly poorer.

Participating countries

Eleven countries have partnered to offer this funding opportunity on demographic change and inequality: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

How do you apply?

We accept proposals until 17:00 CEST September 14 2020. To learn more about the call and the full scope of our topics, please read our guidelines for applicants. Submission is done exclusively via this platform, so create an account to get started on your proposal today!

For questions regarding the call please contact the Joint Call Secretariat: secretariat.ewg@belspo.be

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